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Wendy Wasserstein

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(b. Brooklyn, New York, 18 Oct. 1950) Playwright. In Uncommon Women and Others (1977), in which five women reflect on their college days, Isn't It Romantic (1980) and The Heidi ...

Wasserstein, Wendy

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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... ( 1992 ) and An American Daughter ( 1997 ). Jane House C. Barnett , Wendy Wasserstein: A Casebook (1999) G. Ciociola , Wendy Wasserstein: Dramatizing Women, Their Choices and Their Boundaries ...

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Thomas S. Hischak

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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...woman writers of her generation. All of Wendy Wasserstein's plays have been published individually as scripts and some of them in collections. [ See also Drama and Theater . ] Bibliography Ciociola, Gail . Wendy Wasserstein: Dramatizing Women, Their Choices and Their Boundaries . Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2005. Salamon, Julie . Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein . New York: Penguin Press, 2011. Thomas S....

Wasserstein, Wendy

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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2005
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...Wasserstein's women, however, are seldom made of O'Keeffe's sterner stuff. Wasserstein was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Obie, a Tony, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and a 1989 Pulitzer Prize for The Heidi Chronicles . Patricia R. Schroeder , Wendy Wasserstein, in Contemporary Authors Biographical Series , edited by Matthew C. Rondané , vol. 3 (1989), pp. 379–384. Thomas Kozikowski , Wasserstein, Wendy, in Contemporary Authors , ed. Susan M. Trosky , vol. 129 (1990), pp. 452–457. Wendy Wasserstein, in...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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..., Wendy ( 1950–2006 ), playwright . She was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of a textile manufacturer, and educated at Mount Holyoke College, CCNY, and Yale. Her first play to gain attention was Uncommon Women and Others ( 1977 ), a funny but disturbing look at the residents of an exclusive girls' school. Her subsequent works of note include Isn't It Romantic ( 1981 ), about the trials and tribulations of two urban single women; the Pulitzer Prize –winning The Heidi Chronicles ( 1988 ); The Sisters Rosensweig ( 1992 ); An American...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Wendy ( 1950–2006 ) American playwright whose commercially successful *comedies show women trapped between modernity and convention. Uncommon Women and Others (New York, 1977 ) uses her undergraduate experience at Mt Holyoke College to critique the possibilities for women. In Isn't It Romantic ( 1981 ) two young women grapple with the pressure to marry. The Heidi Chronicles ( 1988 ) follows the feminist movement and its disillusions through one woman's life; it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. In The Sisters Rosensweig (...

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Frazer Lively

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Wendy ( 1950–  ) American playwright whose commercially successful comedies show women trapped between modernity and convention. Raised in a well-off Jewish family, Wasserstein graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, studied creative writing at City University of New York, and received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama . Uncommon Women and Others ( New York , 1977 ) uses her undergraduate experience to critique the possibilities for women. In Isn't It Romantic ( 1981 ) two young women grapple with the pressure to marry. The Heidi...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Wendy ( 1950–2006 ), American playwright , born and raised in New York City, educated at the City College of New York, and Yale School of Drama. During the late 1970s and 1980s Wasserstein produced her plays in off- and off-off-Broadway venues. Her early work, in which she experimented with chronology, language, and form, showed her at her most innovative. Uncommon Women and Others ( 1975 ) is a compelling work about a reunion of five college friends; the scene moves between 1978 , the year they meet, and the year they graduate, shifting through...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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..., Wendy ( 1950–2006 ), born in Brooklyn, after graduate work at Yale early got into writing and publication for the stage and television with Any Woman Can't ( 1973 ) and, among other productions, Uncommon Women and Others ( 1975 ), begun as a one-act text and developed into a full-length text for New York and very numerous productions nationwide. It was followed by Isn't It Romantic in versions of 1979 and 1983 . Her growing production and reputation were increased with The Heidi Chronicles ( 1988 ), awarded a Pulitzer Prize. It is another...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein  

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(b. Brooklyn, New York, 18 Oct. 1950)Playwright. In Uncommon Women and Others (1977), in which five women reflect on their college days, Isn't It Romantic (1980) and The Heidi ...
Sisters Rosensweig

Sisters Rosensweig  

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(1992),a comedy by Wendy Wasserstein. [Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, 556 perf.] The three Rosensweig sisters were born and bred in a very ethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, but each has come ...
Heidi Chronicles

Heidi Chronicles  

A: Wendy Wasserstein Pf: 1988, Seattle (workshop production); 1988, New York Pb: 1990 G: Com. in 2 acts S: New York, 1977–89; Chicago, 1965, 1974; Manchester, New Hampshire, 1968; Ann Arbor, ...
Feminist Theatre

Feminist Theatre  

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Because there have been women actors, managers, and playwrights since the colonial days, the goal of feminist theatre has not been about women in the theatre as much as the ...
Edith Oliver

Edith Oliver  

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(1913–98), critic.After graduating from Smith College, Oliver became an actress who worked in regional theatre and on radio before turning to writing and producing quiz shows. She was hired ...
André Bishop

André Bishop  

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(1949– )American manager and arts administrator. After a brief and undistinguished career as an actor, Bishop became literary manager at Playwrights Horizons, an active Off-Broadway company. He ...
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center  

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Founded in 1964 in Waterford, Connecticut, the Center is known primarily for the National Playwrights Conference, a highly selective workshop that develops new plays and was directed by Lloyd ...
Women's Project

Women's Project  

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Producing company founded in New York in 1978 by Julia Miles when she was working at the American Place Theatre, which, under Wynn Handman, was dedicated to presenting new American ...
Social Comedy

Social Comedy  

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In A Very Serious Thing: Women's Humor and American Culture, Nancy Walker discusses some of the reasons why women have traditionally been excluded from the study of American comic literature. ...
Jewish-American Writing

Jewish-American Writing  

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This entry consists of five essays. The first provides an overview of the history of Jewish-American Writing and the others discuss Jewish-American writing by genre: ...
Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman  

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(1946– )English actress, best known for her work in comedies and musicals. She was a member of the National Theatre at the Old Vic (1971–3) and played Celia with the ...

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